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How to Help Your Sick Dog

As your dog ages, there may come a time when he is sick, and knowing how to take care of your pet when he is not feeling well can make a big difference in helping him be calm and comfortable. Although it may take more time and effort for you, making sure your dog is hydrated and well rested is important for him to feel better sooner and to heal properly. Since 2011, 5 Points Animal Hospital has been providing prevention and wellness care and diagnostic and surgical services to the pets in the neighborhoods of the East Nashville area. When your dog is sick, we are here to help your dog to start feeling better, and we would like to tell you a few ways that you can assist your pet to make him feel more comfortable at home with you.

KEEP YOUR DOG HYDRATED

When your dog is sick, he can become dehydrated very quickly, especially if he is vomiting or having diarrhea. To avoid this complication, make sure he has access to cool and fresh water. If he does not want to drink any water, WikiHow recommends giving your dogs ice cubes to lick and rubbing his gums with a wet cloth to keep him hydrated.

CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE

To help your dog feel better as quickly as possible, you need to get him examined by your veterinarian to have him professionally diagnosed and treated. If you live in the Nashville area, our staff at 5 Points Animal Hospital can take care of your sick dog and help him be more comfortable. If your dog needs medications, we can teach you how to properly administer them.

REINTRODUCE FOOD

Even if your dog does not have stomach problems, it is common for all sick dogs to avoid food for a day or two. However, your dog needs nutrition, so it helps to know how to reintroduce food to him. You will want to divide his portions into smaller ones to give him every two to four hours. Give your dog food that is low in fat, which makes it easier to digest. The best foods to give your dog are bland ones, such as boiled potatoes, rice, and shredded chicken breast. If your dog has been vomiting, however, you will want to withhold food for 12 to 24 hours to allow his stomach to recuperate before he tries to eat again. After 12 hours, offer around two to three tablespoons of food, and if he can hold it down, you can give him small amounts of food every one to two hours.

Help your sick dog be as comfortable as possible. If your dog is not feeling his best, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Our professional veterinary staff is here to take care of your dog and provide him with the treatment he needs to improve his health.

The Importance of a Proper Diet for Your Pet

Pet Proper Diet Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital You know that you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet to function at your best, but did you realize that your pets should also be on a proper diet as well? Just like people, animals need to eat the right combination of nutrients to stay healthy and strong. Knowing how much protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and water your dog or cat needs to be eating every day is important in maintaining a happy and healthy pet. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we are frequently asked about the best diets for dogs, cats, and other pets, so we would like to share with you helpful information about the nutrients you should be feeding your pets each day. While a specific diet plan can differ from pet to pet depending on age and breed, the following nutrients are the essential building blocks of a proper diet for your pet.

Protein

According to PetMD, one of the first ingredients on a dog food label should be a protein source. Protein is essential in building new cells and repairing damaged cells because every single cell in the body consists of this nutrient. Pets need protein to build muscles, skin, hair, organs, and other tissues, which means it is especially important for young and growing pets as well as pregnant animals.

Fatty Acids

For a shiny and healthy coat, your pet needs to be eating a diet with the right amount of both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are these fatty acids important for your pet’s fur, but without enough fat in his diet, he could have dry skin problems. Dry skin leads to itching, split ends, and hair loss. If your pet has allergies, omega-3 fatty acids can be especially beneficial as they reduce inflammation.

Carbohydrates

In order to digest and eliminate properly, your pet should be eating a diet that includes carbohydrates to provide fiber. Good digestion is important so that your pet can absorb all of the needed nutrients from food and get rid of waste products. A proper diet needs to give your pet good nutrition while producing a minimum of stool.

Vitamins and Minerals

Your pet needs vitamins and minerals to keep his immune system and metabolism working as it should. Without the right amount of vitamins and minerals, your pet could easily get sick. Vitamins are also needed to reduce cell damage, and minerals are necessary to promote normal cell function.

If you want to keep your pet in good health, feeding him or her a balanced diet is very important. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for recommendations on the best diets for dogs, cats, and other animals.

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